The Vanguard Initiative pilot project in Advanced Manufacturing for Energy Related Applications (ADMA Energy) seeks to make Europe the global leader in manufacturing robust, high-integrity components for the marine renewable, traditional offshore energy and subsea industries. The pilot project is being developed across some of the most advanced European regions in this sector, to pool resources and expertise for the benefit of industry.
Long-term goal of the ADMA Energy Pilot
ADMA Energy also aims to create new value chains across the growing offshore energy and subsea industries, through the provision of support for advanced manufacturing technologies across traditional and emerging sectors and technologies – as well as disruptive innovations related to design, functionality, integration, automation, material, communication, etc. of components and systems in the “Blue Growth” and subsea domains. These innovations will enhance the quality and efficiency of products, services and processes.
The Pilot aims to make Europe the global leader in manufacturing of robust high integrity components and systems for marine renewables, subsea and offshore energy applications, by creating new business opportunities and increased growth for the sector, and helping larger companies strengthen their supply chains by working with innovative SMEs all over Europe, whilst providing smaller companies with new, high-demand customers to grow their businesses.
State of Play at the Pilot and Demonstration-Case level
Led by Scotland and the Basque Country, the VI ADMA Energy Pilot brings together 10 European regions, including Asturias, Dalarna, Emilia-Romagna, Flanders, Lombardy, Navarra, Norte and Skåne. These regions host a number of stakeholders with particular expertise in this field, including cluster organisations, business networks, enterprise and investment agencies, research and technology organisations, universities, and above all a large, established industrial and advanced manufacturing base in marine renewable energy technologies and wider offshore energy and subsea applications.
The Pilot prioritises its activities around a number of cross-sector industrial challenges in which to prioritise activities and progress demonstration cases, including:
Corrosion (Led by Scotland – Scottish Enterprise)
Corrosion is a major cost, efficiency and safety factor in the operation of offshore and subsea devices. Solving corrosion issues has the potential to bring new devices to the market faster and reduce the levelized cost of energy. ADMA Energy’s activity in corrosion is being undertaken through the NeSSIE project, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). NeSSIE (North Sea Solutions for Innovation in Corrosion for Energy) taps into the existing knowledge of anti-corrosion technology and novel material solutions in the maritime sector supply chain to develop demonstration projects for offshore renewables in the North Sea. For more information visit: www.nessieproject.com
Sensing, Instrumentation and Remote Monitoring (Led by the Basque Country – Basque Energy Cluster)
This demonstration case is being taken forward by the recently awarded ‘Smart Pilot action: interregional partnerships for innovative projects’, where eight partnerships within the context of the European Commission’s Thematic Smart Specialisation Partnerships (TSSPs) are supported in the development of pilot projects through the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO). See the press release here for more details: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-17-5108_en.htm
This work is being undertaken through the Marine Renewable Energy Partnership of the TSSP Energy, which works in close cooperation with the ADMA Energy Pilot (and includes many of the same regions). For more information on the partnership visit: http://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/marine-renewable-energy
|Leading Regions||Associated organisation|
|Basque Country||Cluster de Energía|
|Sociedad para la Transformación Competitiva (SPRI)|
|Charles Abbott charles.abbott [at] scotent.co.uk|
|Aitor Mintegui aitor-mintegui [at] euskadi.eus|